CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 30, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2006 Re-rate, first bottled release, Spring 2006: Very similar to what I remember on tap, with a big hoppy character, and some almost candy-like fruity sweetness behind it. Very nicely balanced, with a ton of flavor and hoppy grapefruit bitterness. I sure wish this and Big Hoppy Monster were available year-round.
Shag (3045) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 29, 2005
On tap, original release: Clear copper pour with a thin, lightly-lacing off-white head. Aroma is richly malty, with nice rye presence and plenty of piney hops. Great caramel malty sweetness and resiny hoppy balance. Sweet viscous malty and good, fresh hoppy complexity work together well to mask the alcohol. Very reminiscent of their Big Hoppy Monster, which is a good thing.
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2007 Wow this was freaking awesome! A deep orange appearance with litte head. A big aroma of oranges, perfume, and citrus. The flavor is rather sweet but not overly so. The flavor is orange peels, grapefruit, caramel, vanilla, tangerines. Extremely complex and I was floored by how good this really was. Terrapin is the East Coasts answer to the big West Coast breweries. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAY 29, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Re Rate - A little too caramel-dominated this time around. Still good, though.
Sampled with Jeffin7. Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a thick off-white head. Plenty of hops in the nose along with caramel and rye. Flavor has more notes of caramel and rye with grapefruit, pine and resin. Moderately sweet, pleasantly bitter and dry finish. Alcohol content very well-hidden. Medium body with subtle carbonation. Good head retention. Really good stuff, would like to have more of this. jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Hand Bottled by Beeryum: Pours redish amber with a medium head that fades to a small bit solid head. Aroma is of citusy and resiny hops, caramel and a slight rye. Flavor is at first a mix of citrus and slight piney hops. Flavor is caramel mixed with slightly biscuit malt with strong but fairly balanced citrus and piney hops, slightly dry slightly spice rye bread . Palate is medium. Drinkable but flavorful IIPA. JFGrind (2071) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Nice looking golden double IPA with heavy hoppy aroma and heavy duty malty flavor. I like the additional flavor the malted rye brings to this double IPA. I sampled the same hand bottled beer as PWalk.
PorterPounder (8294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Had on tap at 5 Seasons, same recipe as the Rye PA but double fermented. Has a very fresh hoppy, floral, citrusy aroma. Medium copper appearance with a creamy frothy, bubbly head and good, thick lacing. Very crisp clean fruity, hoppy flavor - but not distracting with too much Cascades. Has a touch of caramel in there as well. Very clean, wholesome mouthfeel, wakens your tastebuds. egajdzis (6730) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Poured a hazy, orange red color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus fruits, sweet toffee malts, maybe even some nuts? Lots of spicy, citrus fruit, some bubblegum, light rye and sweet malts, with bitter grapefruit hops, and alcohol in the finish. Really nice beer! PWalk (338) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Hand bottled sample courtesy hopdog via beeryum:Aroma is that of hops, pine and citrus with a good amout of rye in there as well. Flavor is much the same with more of the malt coming throuhg in the end. Very drinkable beer that hides the alcohol under the blanket well. hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2005 Hand bottled sample courtesy of beeryum. Poured a darker reddish/amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus (oranges), light pine, rye and some malts. Tastes of pine, caramel, lime, rye bread and light grapefruit. Definite nice rye presence in the aromas and tastes which is a nice change to the IIPAs I’ve had lately. Nice sweet balance to the hoppy presence. Alcohol content well hidden. doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2006 Double yum! Plenty of malt, hops, and rye aroma and flavor. The maltiness reallys adds a n unique flavor to this beer. One of the most unique and best DIPA I’ve ever had.